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In Translation: Sandra Cisneros on Martita, I Remember You with Rigoberto González and Liliana Valenzuela

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Thursday, 7:00 pm EST September 23, 2021

Online via Zoom

Sandra Cisneros, the bestselling author of The House on Mango Street, returns to the literary scene with a new release titled Martita, I Remember You/Martita, Te Recuerdo. A tribute to the life-changing power of youthful friendships, the story follows Corina, a hopeful writer, and her intense and distant relationships with fellow artists Martita and Paola. Translator of the novel, Liliana Valenzuela, and Mexican-American author Rigoberto González (Butterfly Boy) join Cisneros to discuss the writing and publication of Martita. This will be a dual language event for a dual language novel.

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Martita, I Remember You - Zach Cihlar

In Conversation

  • Sandra Cisneros - Zach Cihlar

    Sandra Cisneros

    Sandra Cisneros

    Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates, and national and international book awards, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN America Literary Award, and the National Medal of Arts. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship, was recognized among the Frederick Douglass 200, and won the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. In addition to her writing, Cisneros has fostered the careers of many aspiring and emerging writers through two nonprofits she founded: the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. She is also the organizer of Los MacArturos, Latino MacArthur fellows who are community activists.

    Photo Credit: Keith Dannemiller

  • Rigoberto González photo - Zach Cihlar

    Rigoberto González

    Rigoberto González

    Rigoberto González is the author of eighteen books of poetry and prose. His awards include Lannan, Guggenheim, NEA, NYFA, and USA Rolón fellowships, the PEN/Voelcker Award, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. A critic-at-large for the LA Times and contributing editor for Poets & Writers magazine, he is the series editor for the Camino del Sol Latinx Literary Series at the University of Arizona Press. Currently, he’s Distinguished Professor of English and the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

    Photo Credit: Rigoberto González

  • Liliana Valenzuela Author Photo c April Kayganich - Zach Cihlar

    Liliana Valenzuela

    Liliana Valenzuela

    Liliana Valenzuela has translated the works of Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chávez, Nina Marie Martínez, Ana Castillo, Dagoberto Gilb, Richard Rodríguez, Rudolfo Anaya, Cristina García, Gloria Anzaldúa and many other writers. In 2006, she received the Alicia Gordon Award for Word Artistry in Translation. As a poet, her most recent collection is Codex of Love: Bendita Ternura (FlowerSong Press, 2020). She is also a contributor to the podcast A native of Mexico City, she lives and works in Austin, Texas.

    Liliana Valenzuela ha traducido obras de Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chávez, Nina Marie Martínez, Ana Castillo, Dagoberto Gilb, Richard Rodríguez, Rudolfo Anaya, Cristina García, Gloria Anzaldúa y muchos otros escritores. En 2006 recibió el Alicia Gordon Award for Word Artistry in Translation. Como poeta, su poemario bilingüe más reciente es Codex of Love: Bendita Ternura (FlowerSong Press, 2020). También es colaboradora del podcast Originaria de la Ciudad de México, vive en Austin, Texas.

    Photo Credit: April Kayganich